OLE DB Templates - A light and simple Data Access Method


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I was amazed and delighted to see how simple database access has become thanks to OLE DB. I've been reading the hype and so I went out and found the Microsoft Book on OLE DB. It's a great idea as it's explained there but still rather complex to code. I noticed that Visual C++ 6 has some new templates for Data Consumers so I started looking at the documentation. Wow! Is this simple stuff or what??

Here's a sample, a CONSOLE application at that, using the NWind database that comes with the DASDK. It's only 99 lines of code including comments and it compiles into a 60K executable.

//file: olsamp.cpp 
//auth: dick warg 
//date: 6/25/99 
//func: minimal oledb program

#include <atldbcli.h>
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

// define a class to hold the data from the table
class myNwCust
    // data elements
    TCHAR m_CustomerID[6];
    TCHAR m_CompanyName[41];
    TCHAR m_ContactName[31];
    TCHAR m_Phone[25];

    // column binding  -- I only want these 4 fields
        COLUMN_ENTRY(1, m_CustomerID)
        COLUMN_ENTRY(2, m_CompanyName)
        COLUMN_ENTRY(3, m_ContactName)
        COLUMN_ENTRY(4, m_Phone)

// declare the OLEDB objects
CDataSource ds;
CSession    session;
CCommand <CAccessor<myNwCust> > cust;

int main()

    // fire up COM
    HRESULT hr = CoInitialize(0);
        cout << "Can't start COM!? " << endl;
        return -1;
    // connect to the database
    hr = ds.Open(_T("MSDASQL"), "OLE_DB_NWind_Jet", "sa", "");
        cout << "Can't open Nwind" << endl;
        return -1;

    // start the session
    hr = session.Open(ds);
        cout << "Can't open Nwind SESSION" << endl;
        return -1;

    // construct the query string
    TCHAR mySQL[] = "SELECT CustomerID, CompanyName, ContactName, \
    Phone FROM Customers";

    // open the dataset
    hr = cust.Open(session, mySQL);
        cout << "Can't open Nwind TABLE" << endl;
        return -1;

    // read all the data
    while(cust.MoveNext() == S_OK)
        cout << cust.m_CustomerID << ", " << cust.m_CompanyName << ", "; 

        cout << cust.m_ContactName << ", " << cust.m_Phone << endl;


    cout << "That's All Folks" << endl;

    return 1;
    cout << "Unknown failure" << endl;
    return -1;

The Microsoft documentation and samples are in the MSDN pages "Visual C++ Documentation \ References \ Microsoft Foundation Class Library and Templates\OLE DB Templates"


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